Thursday, October 03, 2019



Chic Silber said...

The NY Police are looking for the woman

who taunted a lion at the Bronx Zoo

She was identified as Myah Autry

She somehow made it over a 14 foot moat

and managed to make it out alive

Paul Gutheil said...

Chic, I do not believe she made it over the moat. I've been there a thousand times. She is either a dirt brained moron or on something.
The Blog and you were discussed during jackpots at last week's CFA convention. There are many of us out here that you are not aware of. hang in there, thanks.

Bob Cline said...

This is a classic example of "YOU Can't Fix Stupid!"

Roger Smith said...

Myah got in there because she could get in. Mature forethought from the designers could make the exhibits nutcase proof, but they copy other zoo's concepts where people also get in with animals. If the intruder is stupid, she is no worse than they who planned the exhibit.

Chic Silber said...

A terrible shame that it

wasn't Simba's lunchtime

Myah would hve gotten much

better press coverage &

plenty of tweet storms

Chic Silber said...

Thanks for your note Paul

I just think that most of

those "many" don't bother

to contribute to the Blog

Only a very few regulars

bother to comment at all

I don't feel that enough

folks seem that interesed

I'll take a few days off

Chic Silber said...

If indeed that lunatic

could get over the moat

then the lion certainly

could have as well but

neither sounds likely

(maybe she had a boat)

Henry Penndorf said...

This woman was never "in" the exhibit as reported by the News media. She did jump the visitor barrier and stood on the other side of the barrier on a small strip of land covered with hedges and small shrubs across from the Lion enclosure. Her closeness to the Lions was an optical illusion. As long as she stood where she was she was in no imminent danger. Between where she stood and the beginning of the Lion enclosure is a fifteen foot wide dry moat that is hidden by the hedges and shrubs.

Lion Island where all this happened is part of a much larger habitat (forty-five acres) called the African Plains. The exhibit opened in 1940 & 1941. It was one of the first cage less interspecies exhibits in the United States. The Lions are separated from their prey by a moat that surrounds Lion Island. Because the moat is hidden from sight of visitors to the Zoo it gives the impression that the Lions are actually in the exhibit with their prey.

Remember exhibits are designed to keep the animals in and hopefully visitors with good sense out. In this case the woman did not display good sense. Really, what was this woman thinking? What she did was an irresponsible act on her part and it could have ended badly for the Lions.

Earlier in the day this same woman was also filmed trying to enter the the Giraffe habitat. Of course, there was someone there to film both incidents.

The police now know who this woman is, Myah Autry, 32, of Brooklyn, NY but have still dot been able to find her.

Here is the Bronx Zoo's statement regarding the incident...“This action was a serious violation and unlawful trespass that could have resulted in serious injury or death. Barriers and rules are in place to keep both visitors, staff and animals safe. We have a zero-tolerance policy on trespass and violation of barriers.”

Chic Silber said...

Many thanks Henry for this clarification

This is certainly a different situation

then that of the original headlines

Henry Penndorf said...

Hi Chic, The media did sensationalize the story. As a friend who is a journalist once told me "we never let the facts get in the way of a good story." :-)

The real facts of the story do nothing to diminish what this woman did. I have to agree with Bob Cline, "you can't fix stupid."

On not one, but two separate occasions on the same day she not only put herself in harms way, but could have placed other people in jeopardy as well, especially if she had slipped into the moat or HAD gotten into the Lion's enclosure. Not to mention what might of happened to the Lions if she were attacked by one of them.

Everyone focused on the incident at Lion Island. No one mentions what one kick from a Giraffe could have done to Ms. Autry had she gotten into their enclosure. Again these were irresponsible acts on Ms. Autry"s part.

What does baffle me is that no one who witnessed either incident went for help or to report it. They seemed to be more interested in videoing the incidents. There happens to be a Police Precinct within the Zoo, just a few minutes walk from Lion Island. Also that she was able to leave the Zoo (on her own?) and also, that now knowing who she is, that in a week, the police have not been able to find her. The police have appealed to the public to help in finding Ms. Autry.